A fire in the basement of an unoccupied house on Alanson Lane in Hampton Bays on Saturday evening resulted in extensive damage to the basement and much of the first floor, as well as smoke and water damage to the rest of the home.
The Hampton Bays Fire Department was notified that there was smoke coming out of the basement of the house at 7:23 p.m. Saturday, according to Hampton Bays Fire Department Chief Rick Durand.
Chief Durand explained that firefighters were able to respond to the scene within four minutes because some members were at the fire station, preparing the building for the holiday season. “We had an excellent response,” he said.
“The fire originated in the basement and spread up through the stairway,” Southampton Town Fire Marshal Cheryl Kraft said on Monday.
Ms. Kraft said her office is still investigating the cause of the fire, which she said does not appear to be suspicious. There were no reported injuries.
The window and roof of the house had to be ventilated by firefighters to let out heat and smoke. Firefighters entered the basement and first floor to attack the fire from inside the house, according to fire officials. “We had most of the fire out in 30 minutes,” Chief Durand said.
Members of the Southampton Fire Department assisted in fighting the blaze, providing a rapid intervention team. The East Quogue Fire Department stood by in the event of another emergency in Hampton Bays, and the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance was on scene as a precaution.